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History of the St. John OMFS Program

Whitecoat PhotoThe Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program was established in 1969 in response to a request from St. John Macomb Hospital, and the ADA commission approved the program in 1972. The program began as a 3-year certificate track, accepting one resident per year and continued to expand under the guidance of Dr. Charles E. Reaume (director 1975-1990) and Dr. William S. Bloom (director 1990-2016). During this time, the program covered St. John Detroit Riverview Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, St. John Macomb Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center. The academic portion of the program was obtained at the University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State Medical School.

In July of 2006, the St. John Health System Department of OMFS merged with the OMFS program from Henry Ford/Sinai Grace Hospitals creating the largest OMFS training program in Detroit. This new expanded program, under the directorship of Dr. William Bloom has become a 6-year MD track program accepting three residents per year. The hospitals covered include St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital (Macomb and Oakland Centers), St. John Providence Hospital (Southfield & Novi), William Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak & Sinai Grace Hospital. As of 2016, Dr. Carlos Ramirez took over as Program Director and Dr. Bloom continues to be a key member of the team, as Associate Director.

The program utilizes three outpatient clinics: St. John Detroit Riverview Center, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and Covenant Clinic. The residents receive their medical education at Wayne State University. Currently St. John Health System has an affiliation with the Covenant Clinic, which permits the program to accept 3 non-categorical intern positions fully accredited by the ADA. The program continues to be especially strong in orthognathic surgery, head and neck oncology, TMJ surgery, cleft lip and palate, cosmetic, and trauma.

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